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Men charged with stealing food from Iceland supermarket bins – Crime – UK – The Independent

29 Jan

Men charged with stealing food from Iceland supermarket bins – Crime – UK – The Independent.

I for one will be very interested in the verdict. it is a grey area whether taking out of date food thrown away by the businesses, is theft or not.

they are charged under the vagrancy act 1824 which is primarily used against beggars, peddlers trading without a license, and street prostitutes.  so on the face of it, it does not cover these guys’ actions.

i wonder why the prosecution service did not charge them for burglery under the burglery act… after all, the bins are on private premises , not on common land. so it could be argued that even though those stuff are to be thrown away, it is still on private land and so not for the taking.

the 1824 vagrancy act

every person being found in or upon any dwelling house, warehouse, coach-house, stable, or outhouse, or in any inclosed yard, garden, or area, for any unlawful purpose;

the act is very wide ranging.

Added.30.1.13 iceland persuaded the crown prosecution service (CPS) who brought it to court;  to drop it. link